SPLISH SPLASH by Jonathan Litton

SPLISH SPLASH

Pop-up Fun
From the "Little Snappers" series
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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Smiling sea creatures hiding behind big flaps pop up to play in this gallery for “Little Snappers.”

Intentionally or not, there’s a disparity between the overall tone and the likely audience reaction. Each of the five double-page spreads features a vague clue/question on one side and an almost full-page–sized flap on the opposite that, when lifted, elevates a very simple cartoon rendering of an animal: “Which snippy-snappy animal has seen a shell to grab?” / “Scuttling sideways on the sand, it’s smiley, happy Crab!” (Said crab is in the process of gaily snipping a seashell, and perhaps its unseen resident, in half.) Similarly, a creature opaquely endowed with a “patterned shell” turns out to be a turtle. For a rather disingenuous finale, raising the flap to discover the identity of a “splashy friend with pointy fins” who “wants everyone to play” shoots a toothy shark up toward viewers. Shades of Lewis Carroll’s “How Doth the Little Crocodile.”

Suddenly seeing the shark’s “big grin” may prompt easily startled children to join the final scene’s diverse array of marine life in beating a hasty retreat. The first time through, at least. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-58925-259-2
Page count: 10pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2016




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